'New Burnham ambulance should be for locals' says MP

Maldon and Burnham Standard: MP John Whittingdale feels the ambulance should be for local call-outs MP John Whittingdale feels the ambulance should be for local call-outs

A new full-time ambulance in Burnham should be purely for those living in the district, said Maldon’s MP.

After years of lobbying, a full-time 24-hour ambulance will be brought into the town towards the end of the month to help combat lengthy waiting times in the Dengie.

Although it is intended to attend only local call-outs, it cannot be guaranteed to always be poised to respond in the area, a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said.

“We are still looking to put in an ambulance by the end of April and obviously that will cover the Dengie, but obviously we can’t guarantee it staying in the area because it will go out to hospitals and that sort of thing,” added the spokesman.

“But I know we have made Burnham a priority, it is an area we have pin pointed early on.”

In an effort to improve performance and patient care, the service also intends to install extra ambulances in Weeley, Clacton and Chelmsford.

See this week's Standard - out tomorrow - for the full story.

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10:38am Wed 9 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

What a stupid idea! So if you have heart attack whilst visiting the area you will not be allowed to use the ambulance because you dont live in the area?

Equally if it's not needed in the area it's meant to stand idle and let people die, for example, in Chelmsford?

Appalling idea!
What a stupid idea! So if you have heart attack whilst visiting the area you will not be allowed to use the ambulance because you dont live in the area? Equally if it's not needed in the area it's meant to stand idle and let people die, for example, in Chelmsford? Appalling idea! Jack222
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